Music on Their Terms: Promoting Social-Emotional Development by Expanding the Music Education Curriculum
by Robin Yukiko Romine

This paper explores two aspects of music education. The first is its connection to social-emotional development and teacher strategies that can be used to maximize the developmental benefits. The second aspect involves expanding the current music curriculum to include music subjects like songwriting and production in order to reach and retain a wider range of students. By doing this, and redefining what constitutes music education, learners who have previously been excluded from music in schools may be granted access to the developmental benefits that music education fosters.